Banksy’s Dismaland–a twisted, irreverent take on Disneyland–was a full-on amusement park/art installation that ran for a month in the UK. Though the park itself is gone, filmmaker Jamie Brightmore managed to capture many of the park’s most interesting rides and pieces for posterity with his short film, “Dismaland: The Official Unofficial Film.”
As he writes on his blog, “As with all of Banksy’s past events, the overall tone of the Dismaland experience is frankly hilarious, you can’t help but laugh and smile at the absurdity of where you find yourself. It was captivating, absorbing, and fun. However it’s easy to get caught up in this and forget about the underlying messages being presented, some were obvious, some more latent, and some purely audience participatory. I wanted to draw attention to these in part, whilst also capturing the ephemeral event in a cinematic way for posterity.